The proposed National-offshoot Christian Party will undoubtedly fail, but not before helping Jacinda Ardern win a second term.

Of potential new coalition partners for National, a Christian Party has always been most plausible. There is clearly a gap in the market, with both Labour and National committed to secularism and a majority of their MPs usually on the more liberal side of so-called moral issues.

Previous new entrants aiming to fill the gap have given it a good shot, falling just short of the 5 per cent threshold in 1996 and 2014.


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